from youth participant...
Our group's goals were to give youth information and provide them with resources they need to stay safe and make smart choices. Another goal was to empower the audience with knowledge that will help them down the road when they are faced with tough issues. Knowledge is power! Last but not least, our goal was to encourage youth to look at and evaluate their own behaviour while playing the game; to determine if they are the perpetrator, instigator, by-stander or victim.
The process of creating the game was fun, conversation-driven, and interactive. We
discussed the look and feel of the game and reviewed content for accuracy and
relevancy. We all shared our ideas and opinions so that a youth perspective was
considered when creating the game. We also created a special art mural to
represent our creative process.
Quotes from some of the participants that created the game:
"I wanted to be a part of this project so I could help give today's youth the right amount of inspiration to do the smartest thing when they, or someone else is going through tough situations." – Jason, 13
"Usually when someone goes through a tough situation, it seems next to impossible to reach out to others. That's why I wanted to be a part of this group, so that the audience can use this game as a helpful resource for them to reach out.” – Amanda, 16
"I hope this game will give kids and teens information on how to deal with bullying and gangs in a fun, interactive way. That was my main goal for joining this project." – Ivy, 13
No Signal can be found on the Kids Help Phone website at http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/YourSpace/No-Signal.aspx
No Signal is the second most popular game on Kids Help Phone!
Time To Grow
(free association reflection of the Tree Mural)
Perserverance…you don’t have to go just one way…you can bend in multiple ways and directions.
There is always room for acceptance.
The middle is the bully….or the bullied. Scared.Have a happy life.There’s always a solution.
Inspiration is how you inspire people or who inspires you.
The words at the root are needed to get to the top.
Trust yourself…problems are never too big or too small.
Always be proud of what you did.
Live the dream.
Don’t just pass the message…own it!
The tree still needs time to grow….
Written by Spencer, 12 and Amanda, 16 .